The Coronavirus Case Explosion in California (and how an entire scientific field is being ignored).

In this piece, I will begin by discussing some broad strokes of my field’s science and then hone in on how it can be useful within one specific area within the United States: the current explosion of California’s coronavirus cases.  I have chosen to concentrate on this subject specifically as it is where I live.…

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“Self Control & Creative Thinking” (Vintage!)

Found in my graduate school archives, lol (I’m not 100% sure what I’m trying to say, but I think I still agree): Self-control and creative thinking are similar within Skinner’s conceptualization of each. Each involves external variables that act upon the organism to lead to what we know as either self-control or creative thinking.   For…

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The Polling Crisis: Incongruence

Our current way of surveying the political landscape is by looking at diverse congregations of people within a larger global environment. Or, of course, as we need to hone in on America in this exercise, our current way of surveying in America would be national. Our current way of debating politics is from an individualistic-type…

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Two Important Truths (Negative Reinforcement/Extinction)

This post refers to a behaviorism concept called negative reinforcement. I first discussed and defined the concept of negative reinforcement here, in the context of the Bob Woodward recordings. At a minimum, please know it is not the same as punishment (the media always gets that wrong. 😭). With that in mind, two important truths…

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Opinion | John Delaney: Pay Americans to take a coronavirus vaccine – The Washington Post

I’m afraid I have to disagree. This solution is not “simple.” While the reasoning behind this idea and the subsequent op-ed may sound, individuals’ health decisions should be 100% separate from their financial standing. Period. No matter what. Should the vaccine be free? Absolutely. Should the government provide free healthcare to all? Absolutely. Should an…

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